‘Titanic 3D’ commemorates 100th anniversary of sinking

By Carol Dwyer
April 18, 2012

The tragic romance of Jack and Rose, now a classic story for many generations, came back to the big screen in rememberance of the 100th anniversay of the Titanic’s sinking.

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of White Star Line’s R.M.S. Titanic brought about the re-release of James Cameron’s film, “Titanic,” to cinemas once again.  This time, the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet joined a growing list of other cinematic works being given the 3D treatment.  With the release of so many 3D films lately, some not so great for that reason if not other elements, it posed the question of how well “Titanic” would do with the same effects.

As for the 3D version, this was unlike other films with that technological effect because of the story in history and a location few can go to.  The 3D effects made the film more vivid as well as creating stronger human emotions represented throughout the story.  Even for those who are not fans of the 3D trend, it is worth checking out how it comes together for the re-release of “Titanic.”

In scenes of Jack and Rose strolling along on the first class deck, the addition of 3D gives audiences a sense of walking with them.  As Jack and Rose talk about fun goals ahead and gaze out to sea, the ship’s railings seem within reach.  Of course, the 3D also brought haunting details of Titanic, its wreck site and lifeboat passengers’ point of view as the ship sinks.  When the expedition team searches the wreck for the Heart of the Ocean diamond with a submersible robot, audiences could see further into the halls and rooms.

In other scenes, it was simply the more intricate detail that the 3D really brought out to the film’s audience.  This goes down to the tiniest details, including the carvings on first class fireplaces and the embellishments on Rose’s dresses.  Some images in various scenes are slightly blurred, yet that only further draws out the important focal point of a particular moment.

According to Pamela McClintock’s Hollywood Reporter article, the 3D effects brought to Cameron’s “Titanic” earned the film $200 million as of April 16.  Unlike recent 3D films, the reception of “Titanic” in 3D already had a few other aspects in its favor.  Many people are very interested in the great ship’s history via Britannica, from its construction in Belfast, Ireland to its demise in the North Atlantic.  At the Academy Awards 14 years ago, Cameron’s film won 11 out of 14 Oscar nominations as stated on IMDB.

DiCaprio himself is a draw for the film’s many female fans and Winslet has since gone on to become an Oscar-winning actress.  The romance that blossomed between Jack Dawson (DiCaprio) and Rose DeWitt Bukater (Winslet) has become a timeless favorite.

Rose’s dresses became a source of inspiration for girls’ formal attire following the 1997 film, according to a Google News archived article by the Albany Herald on April 15, 1998.  This trend may repeat as the film and Jack and Rose’s love gain a new generation of fans, especially due to 3D effects showing the dresses in greater detail.

Along with the film, news and social media sites marked the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking on April 15, 1912.  According to Fox News, on a memorial cruise following Titanic’s path, passengers remembered the lives lost that night.

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